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Seaside reads, tortoise earrings and homemade shorts… #LittleLoves

by Clare Mansell
Seaside reads, tortoise earrings and homemade shorts… #LittleLoves

I feel like my feet have barely touched the ground this week. No sooner was I back from Blogtacular on Saturday night, than I was starting to pack another bag for London for Britmums Live. When I booked the two conferences I did wonder if two weekends back to back might be too much, but I actually think it’s perfect. Blogtacular acted as a great warm-up for the bigger event this weekend.

So as I head to London once again, this is what I’ve been up to this week…



I finished reading Jane Cable’s The Faerie Tree  which I really enjoyed. It’s a really interesting story of two lovers who meet decades after an ill-fated romance that never quite got off the starting blocks and the realisation that they have very different memories of what happened.

Moving on from novels, I’ve really been enjoying having some great magazines to read since I paired up with magazine.co.uk to help promote their subscriptions. I’ll tell you a little more about my choices in a post next week, but my first magazine to arrive has been Coast. I’ve been a Coast reader for several years and I love it’s mixture of seaside lifestyle articles, property and crafts. My copy of the magazine looked particularly at home on West Wittering beach this week!


I finally got round to putting together the few short clips of video which I filmed during our holiday on the French canals. I always find it tricky to juggle taking pictures and shooting video (I usually forget one or the other) but it’s really worth shooting anything you can as it adds such a lovely extra dimension to the memories of the trip.

On TV I’ve been really enjoying watching The Syndicate. I loved the first series (and completely missed the second) but this latest season seems to have a lot of depth to the story and an interesting whodunnit running through the story. It’s rare that I actually sit down in front of television in the evenings, but 9pm on Tuesday is now my regular appointment.


I was recently sent some lovely tortoise stud earrings from Snapdragon Designs who make a range of quirky acrylic jewellery influenced by fairy tales, stories and books. They have a great range of Alice In Wonderland inspired designs and another range inspired by the Wizard Of Oz which would make fab presents for any book lovers in your life.


…The news that Chris Evans is going to be the new anchor of Top Gear. I personally think he’s a great choice and I’d be as bold as to say we might all find that in a few years time that the old team and style will look very dated. It will be very interesting to see what they do with the set and how much of the original format they keep.


train shorts

I made another pair of shorts for Theo. He picked the fabric on a shopping trip to The Eternal Maker and then pestered me until they were finished. I’m gradually replacing the shorts I made for him two summers ago which are all slightly too small, but there never seem to be enough pairs! He absolutely loves getting involved in the making process though and they are very easy to make (in fact I must do a whole post at some point about the pattern)

And Lastly

If you are off to Britmums Live this weekend please do feel free to say hello. I’ll be wearing a red maxi dress on the Friday and a black dress on the Saturday. I’ve actually had a lifelong aversion to the colour black, so if I make it out of the hotel on Saturday wearing the dress it will be quite ground-breaking…

Linking up with Morganna…


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Morgana June 19, 2015 - 9:38 am

Those shorts are fantastic, you clever thing!
I didn’t know you were at Blogtacular. It was such a fantastic day wasn’t it?
Enjoy Britmums xx

Nancy June 19, 2015 - 11:39 pm

Clare, the video is just brilliant and the music so evocative. I love the natural shots of a relaxed holiday – it looks so much fun. And you photographed a nice mixture of scenery and shots of activities. I bet Theo loved driving the boat. You could give it to the company as a promotion – I am sure their rentals would increase dramatically.

MumReinvented June 20, 2015 - 6:46 pm

So jealous of everyone going to all these blogging events, I haven’t been to one since 2010! Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Those shorts are gorgeous, wish I could make things x

Jenny June 20, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Oh love the earrings. Sorry I didn’t get to catch up with you properly at Blogtacular. Shame darling. It was fab day though wasn’t it? I wish I could have attend Britmums but couldn’t do a double weekend. Boo. Love the shorts too cute B would love them. lol #littleloves


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